Monza is in Lombardy, 15km North-East from Milan. It is now inside Milan Province but starting from 2009 will became a province in itself, toghether with the Brianza area.
Monza is well connected with Milan by train (from Garibaldi and Centrale stations) and by ATM bus line 723, 724, 722. Both train and buses arrive very close to city centre.
To come to Monza by car from east or west you should take A4 highway (Turin-Milan-Venice) and exit "Monza", from north the Milan-Lecco expressway (ss36) which ends in the town. From south you'd better take Milan's "tangenziale nord", which starts from "tangenziale est" and then Monza exit.
To arrive by plane, please refer to Milan By_plane.
TPM operates a small public transportation network, you are supposed to buy tickets in advance and validate it once your trip starts. Tickets are urban and inter-urban (for travellers willing to cross city border) and both are valid for 60'.
The public transportation network is not used so much by "Monzese" people because of the small dimensions of the city. Reaching the centre by foot from the periphery will take you about 20'.
Bike are heavily used by Monza inhabitants and there's a nice ring of bike-reserved lanes on the banks of Villoresi Canal.
- The City centre is a pedestrian-only shopping zone, with several high-budget shops side-by-side with international brand flagship stores.
- The Duomo, known also as "Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista", buildt in 595 and then modified in 13th and 14th century. The frescoed Chapel of Theodelinda houses the Iron Crown of Lombardy, supposed to contain one of the nails used at the Crucifixion.
- The Parco di Monza (Monza Park) is the largest enclosed park in Europe, established in 1806 is now part of Lambro Valley Natural Reserve.
- The Autodromo Nazionale (national circuit) is where the Formula 1 Grand Prix take place. During non-race days is available for visitors to race on track.
- The Villa Reale (royal villa) buildt between 1777 and 1780 by will of empiress Marie-Therese of Austria, it's a country palace very similar to Schoenbrunn in Vienna. Currently is being renewed, so only a small part of the marvellous royal apartment is open for visitors.
A walk thru the Parco di Monza, you'll understand why Monza people love so much their park. Very crowded during weekends.
If you need info on the Formula One Grand Prix, please refer to the Formula One page.